The co-founders first came together in November 2020, when they took part in the Provost’s Innovation Challenge in Trinity College Dublin with the theme of “Sustainable Cities and Communities”. Upon discovering that 10 million tonnes of furniture is discarded annually in the EU, they saw the potential in catalysing the circular furniture economy. When they began engaging with the furniture upcycling community, they learned that 7 out of 8 upcyclers want to pursue upcycling full-time but find it difficult to scale their business.
The combination of these social and environmental problems have impassioned the team to develop the ReFunk platform to what it is today, and built an incredible team and community with the shared mission of fueling the circular and gig economies in the furniture sector
CRNI is leading an EPA Green Enterprise project Circular Textiles, which will test the impact of three different separate collection systems for textiles and explore how we could manage the additional quantity of textiles that are collected. This project will be concluded in 2022.
For more information about the project see here.